\ ˈtrip How to pronounce trip (audio) \
tripped; tripping

Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble
2 : to make a mistake or false step (as in morality or accuracy)
3a : to dance, skip, or caper with light quick steps
b : to walk with light quick steps
4 : to stumble in articulation when speaking
5 : to make a journey
6a : to actuate a mechanism
b : to become operative
7a : to get high on a psychedelic drug (such as LSD) : turn on often used with out
b slang : freak sense 3b

transitive verb

1a : to cause to stumble often used with up
b : to cause to fail : obstruct often used with up
2 : to detect in a misstep, fault, or blunder also : expose usually used with up
3 : to release or operate (a mechanism) especially by releasing a catch or detent trip the fire alarm
4 : to raise (an anchor) from the bottom so as to hang free
5a : to pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering
b : to hoist (a topmast) far enough to enable the fid to be withdrawn preparatory to housing or lowering
6 archaic : to perform (a dance) lightly or nimbly
trip the light fantastic
: dance



Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : voyage, journey
b : a single round or tour on a business errand
2a : an intense visionary experience undergone by a person who has taken a psychedelic drug (such as LSD)
b : an exciting or unusual experience the party was a trip
3 : absorption in or obsession with an interest, attitude, or state of mind a guilt trip on a nostalgia trip
4 : a faltering step caused by stumbling
5 : a stroke or catch by which a wrestler is made to lose footing
6 : error, misstep
7 : a quick light step
8a : the action of tripping mechanically
b : a device for tripping a mechanism (such as a catch or detent)

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Examples of trip in a Sentence

Verb He deliberately tried to trip me. The dancers tripped off the stage. Noun They got back from their trip yesterday. a trip around the world He was on an acid trip. an ankle injury caused by a trip
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Witnesses described people falling on a slippery ramp, which caused others to trip and sparking panic. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights man among 45 people killed Friday in stampede at Israeli religious festival," 30 Apr. 2021 Why do older people tend to get lightheaded (not vertigo) and therefore become liable to trip or fall? Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, "Dear Doctor: Am I just light-headed or is this something more dangerous?," 27 Apr. 2021 Biden can’t cross one off his list without addressing the other, my colleague Chris Megerian reports, as political disagreements threaten to trip up his administration’s pandemic response just as the homestretch comes into view. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Biden’s balancing act," 27 Apr. 2021 The yard is too small, people trip on acorns, a limb may fall on the house, the leaves have to be raked. Washington Post, "The sturdy, steadfast oak is the perfect tree for troubled times," 14 Apr. 2021 One of the most common ways that our present selves trip up our future selves is by procrastinating. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "The key to stopping procrastination? Compassion.," 12 Apr. 2021 Ironically, the chief thing that might trip them up is too much excitement too soon. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "The One-Way Bet on Carbon Credits Has Limits," 20 Apr. 2021 Each dumbbell has a base that holds any unused weight, so there are no plates to trip over and no clamps to misplace. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "The adjustable dumbbells I bought during COVID fit the gym’s weight rack into my living room," 18 Apr. 2021 Sent to Bed Early: For a fresh example of how guidance can trip up a stock, check out Bed, Bath & Beyond (BBBY) yesterday. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, "Retail Sales Surge, Jobless Claims Dive, Bank Earnings Impress Amid Growing Optimism," 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some of the famous Kentucky Derby celebrity fans who made the trip included Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Miss Kentucky and more show up at Kentucky Derby 2021," 1 May 2021 Briefly: Catcher Joey Bart made the trip to San Diego and is among the players on the taxi squad, on hand to hang out with veteran catchers Buster Posey and Curt Casali. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gabe Kapler says Giants will reach 85% vaccination: 'We are 13 days away'," 30 Apr. 2021 Smith made the trip from Lincoln to Williston several times that fall and winter, so Peterson had gotten to know him. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Eric Peterson has worked college hoops magic with Craig Smith everywhere they’ve been. Utah is their latest project.," 26 Apr. 2021 So, after a difficult defeat, Bishop Watterson changed into G-Force hats and shirts, dried and cleaned themselves as best as possible, then made the side trip to the guru of G-Force. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "ALS sidelined Mariemont, Tar Heel lacrosse legend Harden, so a Columbus team came to him," 20 Apr. 2021 Shortstop Andrelton Simmons already hadn’t made the trip to Anaheim after testing positive early in the week. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Dodgers-Mariners MLB 2021 live stream (4/20): How to watch online, TV info, time," 20 Apr. 2021 Jones hopped on his riding mower and made the three-hour round trip. Geoff Edgers, Anchorage Daily News, "Tyler Mahan Coe created the ‘War and Peace’ of country music podcasts," 20 Apr. 2021 Montoya made the trip home to Arkansas to see her parents. Teresa Moss, Arkansas Online, "A closed door, and a prayer," 18 Apr. 2021 Norris made the trip to the top of the tram in 24 minutes, 23.25 seconds., "Skiers David Norris, Rosie Frankowski lead the way up Alyeska in a long, steep nordic hillclimb," 18 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of trip


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for trip


Middle English trippen, from Anglo-French treper, triper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English treppan to tread — more at trap

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The first known use of trip was in the 14th century

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6 May 2021

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“Trip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit your foot against something while you are walking or running so that you fall or almost fall
: to cause (someone who is walking or running) to fall or almost fall
literary : to dance or walk with light, quick steps



English Language Learners Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

: a journey to a place
: a short journey to a store, business, office, etc., for a particular purpose
informal : the experience of strange mental effects (such as seeing things that are not real) that is produced by taking a very powerful drug (such as LSD)


\ ˈtrip How to pronounce trip (audio) \
tripped; tripping

Kids Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble : cause to stumble
2 : to make or cause to make a mistake Their tricky questions tripped us up.
3 : to move (as in dancing) with light quick steps She tripped lightly around the room.
4 : to release (as a spring) by moving a catch



Kids Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an instance of traveling from one place to another a trip to Europe
2 : a brief errand having a certain aim or being more or less regular a trip to the dentist
3 : the action of releasing something mechanically
4 : a device for releasing something by tripping a mechanism

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